7 Simple Secrets To Having Happy And Productive Days

7 Simple Secrets To Having Happy And Productive Days

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Do you struggle to get out of bed every morning?

Psh, don’t we all?

I mean, really, what’s better than cozying up in your blankets all day long ignoring life and your responsibilities?!

But, alas, we can’t always get what we want!

And that’s when a morning routine comes in to help you out of bed each morning 🙂

Having a morning routine has increased my energy and productivity immensely and has made for happier, more positive days!

I do these seven things every  most mornings and am so happy it’s finally becoming a standard morning routine in my life!

Maybe the things I do each morning can help motivate you to create your own kick-ass morning routine for a happier and healthier you!

Do you struggle to get out of bed every morning?

Psh, don’t we all?

I mean, really, what’s better than cozying up in your blankets all day long ignoring life and your responsibilities?!

But, alas, we can’t always get what we want!

And that’s when a morning routine comes in to help you out of bed each morning 🙂

Having a morning routine has increased my energy and productivity immensely and has made for happier, more positive days!

I do these seven things every  most mornings and am so happy it’s finally becoming a standard morning routine in my life!

Maybe the things I do each morning can help motivate you to create your own kick-ass morning routine for a happier and healthier you!

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1. WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY MORNING

Just like we should all have a bedtime that we consistently stick to, we should also be waking up around the same time each morning, too.

I know, having to kick the old habit of sleeping in – can we do it?!

I am working on this each and every day, but mama likes her sleep!

It makes so much sense though, that our bodies would function better waking up each morning at the same time and so I am really giving it a good go.

When I do get up on that first alarm instead of hitting the snooze button, I always have a better day because I am able to complete my morning routine with ease.

However, on the mornings where I just can’t seem to drag myself out of bed, I obviously am not able to tackle my morning routine, feel rushed, and overall have a less than productive day.

So, maybe we can motivate each other to wake up consistently each morning in order to have happier and healthier mornings every day of the year!?!

To make waking up each morning at the same time easier, you’re gonna wanna have a successful night routine in place first!

That way, you’ll be getting enough sleep and a solid night’s rest, making it so much easier to wake up when your alarm goes off.

How many hours of sleep does your body require each night to reload? Getting enough sleep is essential to having a good morning!
2. DRINK SOME HOT LEMON WATER

We all know how important it is to drink enough water each day, right?

Then, what better way to start your day than with some water!

I’ve seen this trick all over the place – and I really enjoy it!

Paired with a light snack to get my blood flowing, it’s the perfect way to set up the day for regular and healthy water intake!

I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to eat breakfast right when I wake up, so this is a good way to get something in my tummy before I tackle the rest of my morning routine!

I know most people like to start their mornings with a nice hot cup of coffee, but some say that their daily hot lemon water gives them just the right boost of energy first thing in the morning, without the caffeine.

This way, your caffiene crash won’t be happening tooooo soon after you wake up 😉

Don’t worry – you’ll get your coffee fix soon!

3. STRETCH AND/OR WORKOUT

I like to end my day with a stretch, as you read last week in my night routine post, and I enjoy starting my mornings with a good stretch, too.

Psssst, there’s even stretching routines you can do in your bed!

I’ve got you hooked now, eh?

Whether you do some stretches right when you wake up before leaving your bed or after your morning lemon water, stretching is a great way to get your body moving and feel energized for the day!

Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, the morning is a great time to fit in your workout because it will give you the energy you need to take on the rest of your day.

Don’t feel like you have to join a gym or own fancy equipment to be able to workout effectively!

I workout from the comfort of my living room, and it works just fine!

I enjoy pulling up Youtube on my TV and doing one of Fitness Blender’s routines!

This channel is great because it offers so many options – whether you’re looking for a quick 10-minute full body routine or targeted routines, they’re sure to have something you’ll enjoy.

Phew, doesn’t it feel good to get your body moving first thing in the morning?

Now that you’ve worked up a good sweat it’s time to shower and eat a big, well-rounded breakfast!

Yum!

4. EAT A WELL ROUNDED BREAKFAST

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?

How often do you put your breakfast on the backburner and only grab a granola bar on your way out the door?

Or worse, don’t eat breakfast at all!

I’m guilty of the latter more times than I’d like to admit, but we can all benefit from routinely eating a healthy, well-rounded breakfast.

My go-to breakfast is usually yogurt with fruit and granola, oatmeal, or breakfast toast — all super filling and delicious and equally easy to make 🙂

If you’re crunched for time in the morning, think about taking the time to prepare your breakfast the night before.

Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, try dedicating a day out of the week to food prepping, like I do on Sunday’s.

That way, it only takes me an hour or two one day each week to have healthy and delicious meals all week long!

Oh, and hey, it’s finally time to drink that coffee you’ve been so desperately missing!

5. MORNING SKIN CARE ROUTINE & MAKEUP

I have super fussy skin, so I stick to a pretty ritualistic skin care routine!

Like I mentioned in my night routine, I’ve been experimenting with the 10-step Korean Skin Care Routine and have been loving it!

If you’re interested in what my 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine looks like, as well as the products that I use, you can check out that post here! 🙂

In the morning, though, I like to stick to something a little more simple!

First, I simply wash my face with a hydrating cleanser, such as this Cetaphil one!

Then, I apply my Cetaphil moisturizer which also has SPF in it and I’m ready to go!

Most days I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with applying makeup, but I am trying to get better about this.

Even if it’s just some tinted moisturizer to even my skin tone, concealer to hide my eye bags, and a little bronzer!

This makes me feel more awake since I look more awake, ha!

Not to mention the confidence boost it gives me knowing I don’t look like a cast member from The Walking Dead.

And now we’re easy to tackle the day!

6. #OOTD

I don’t know about you, but if I stay in my pajamas or lounge clothes all day long, I’ll never get anything done!

Cause, hey, if I’m in my pajamas it’s not my fault all I can think about it crawling into my comfy cozy bed! Zzzzzz

Each morning make an effort to put together an outfit that gives you confidence!

You’re more likely to have a great and productive day if you feel good about yourself!

So, do yourself a favor and change out of those sweats!

(Leggings are still acceptable, duh)

If you can’t be bothered to put an outfit together each morning, try planning ahead on Sunday’s like I do and plan your outfits for the entire week!

Make up some cute labeled hangers and have fun with it!

Spending a few minutes on Sunday’s to plan out your outfits for the week will save you so much time throughout the week and will relieve the stress from your mornings when you don’t have to try on a million different outfits before you’re satisfied enough to leave the house!

Another thing that I’ve learned about getting dressed, is that it is a billion times easier to throw together an outfit when you don’t have a million articles of clothing.

I literally have two pairs of jeans, guys!  Two!

Try a minimalist approach to your wardrobe, you might be amazed at how much you enjoy it!

7. MAKE A PLAN FOR THE DAY
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If you didn’t know, I love to plan.

It makes me 100% more productive with my time each day and so of course, each morning I have to show my planner some love.

I plan out my weeks on Sunday’s – of course – but each morning I still like to look over what my day looks like.

This way, I know what things I need to work on with the blog, what personal things need to get done, and also if I have any appointments or special reminders!

Make it a habit of looking over your planner during breakfast.

That way, when you’re done, you’ll be ready to start your super productive and positive day!

There you have it!  My morning routine.

I try to stick to this most mornings, but hey, sometimes life gets in the way.

The way I see it, as long as you’re making efforts each day to work on improving yourself, a few hiccups along the way don’t really matter!

We can’t all be perfect…and anybody that tries to tell you that their morning routines are perfectly executed every single day are lying…or just don’t have kids, haha!

What do you enjoy doing each morning to really wake you up and increase productivity??  I am alwaaaays looking for energy boosting tricks and tips!

HAPPY MORNINGS,

— MICHELLE

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7 Simple Routines You Need To Get A Better Nights Sleep

7 Simple Routines You Need To Get A Better Nights Sleep

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Is your life lacking a night routine!?

Mine was too, until recently, and I feel amazing now that I’ve been following this routine for a couple of months now.

Never before have I had this much energy (well maybe before two kids, ha) or felt happier and more relaxed.

If you’re feeling the chaos that this crazy world often brings, having a night routine is a great way to sort through the stresses of everyday life and focus on your own wellbeing.

There’s no better way to have a happier and more productive morning than ending the previous night on a good note!

Hopefully, the things I do during my night routine can find a cozy home in your night routine 😉

Is your life lacking a night routine!?

Mine was too, until recently, and I feel amazing now that I’ve been following this routine for a couple of months now.

Never before have I had this much energy (well maybe before two kids, ha) or felt happier and more relaxed.

If you’re feeling the chaos that this crazy world often brings, having a night routine is a great way to sort through the stresses of everyday life and focus on your own wellbeing.

There’s no better way to have a happier and more productive morning than ending the previous night on a good note!

Hopefully, the things I do during my night routine can find a cozy home in your night routine 😉

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1. SHUT DOWN!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

SHUT IT DOWN. (any New Girl fans out there?!)

It is no secret that being on your phone or tablet, or watching tv until you go to sleep is super bad for you.

Like, soooooooooooooooooooo bad for you.

Check out why Reading On A Screen Before Bed [Could] Be Killing you, here.

Now, do I have your attention? 😉

They say you should be shutting down from all electronic devices up to two hours before your bedtime – but hey, even thirty minutes is a good start in my books.

Try to keep all electronics out of the bedroom, that way you won’t be tempted once you turn in for the night.

I know, you’ll have to buy a real alarm clock, Ha!

Think about setting up a charging station somewhere in your house where you can safely leave your phone each night while you tackle your night routine.

When I first committed to shutting down from electronics every night, I began with thirty minutes the first week and then gradually increased that time over the next few weeks until I was comfortable with and used to shutting down a whole two hours before bed to begin my night routine!

2. PREPARE FOR TOMORROW

Each night I like to prepare myself for the following day so I feel stress-free and motivated to tackle the day!

And, also, so I can sleep in longer…. 😉

Take some time during your night routine to quickly prepare your breakfast and lunch for the following day.

I make doing this even simpler by meal prepping for the week on Sunday’s.

This way, all I have to do is throw some premade containers of meals into my lunch bag and head to work in the morning!

Also, I like to have my clothes for the following day planned out – cause whose got time for trying to look cute at 5am.

Another great way to prepare during your night routine is to check over your planner for the following day so you know what important things need to be crossed off your to-do list.

3. TIDY UP

Who likes waking up to a disorganized space?

Not me!

Waking up and seeing nothing but disarray only sets up your day for disorganization.

If all I can think about is when I’ll be able to get the dishes done, there’s no way I’ll be able to concentrate on working on the blog, or whatever else needs to be done.

Taking a few extra minutes before bed to quickly clean your space will save you boat loads of time in the future.

Now, I don’t mean you need to break out the duster and vacuum – save that for another day.

Simply put things back where they belong and wash the dishes, etc.

This way, in the morning you won’t be searching for your shoes or wondering where you last left your keys.

Thank you, night routine!

4. SKIN CARE

I have suuuper high maintenance skin, meaning I have to dedicate quite some time each evening to loving my face.

But that’s ok, cause I need something to distract me from the fact that I haven’t checked Instagram in an hour!

I’m also like most normal humans and enjoy waking up to clear, glowing skin.

Getting into the habit of taking the time to take care of your skin each night will totally benefit you in the future to keep acne and wrinkles at bay.

I’ve recently begun experimenting with a Korean skincare routine and have seen GREAT results.

This skincare routine consists of 10 steps, and like I said – it’s almost cleared my stubborn acne completely.

In case you’re interested, I’ll list out the steps and the products I’ve been loving to follow through with the Korean skincare routine!

 

  1. Makeup Remover/Oil Cleanser: I use coconut oil!
  2. Water Based Cleanser: The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for my dry sensitive skin!
  3. Exfoliation:  I use Era Organics Microdermabrasion Scrub/Mask to exfoliate every other day and honestly think it is the main reason my skin began to clear up.  I don’t think I was spending enough time removing dead skin, so my pores got clogged more quickly, hence the breakouts!  Yay for exfoliation!
  4. Toner: I’m actually still trying to find a toner that works!  I was previously using Witch Hazel but it became too drying for me.  Have any suggesting?!  I would love to get some tips in the comments 🙂
  5. Essence: MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence – this stuff is gold.
  6. Serum(s): I like to do a little DIY here and use a mixture of coconut oil, tea tree oil, and lemon essential oil.  Not only does this moisturize my dry skin like crazy, but the tea tree and lemon essential oils are especially good for acne prone skin.  I’ve seen an impressive decrease in acne since incorporating this DIY into my skincare routine!
  7. Sheet Masks: This isn’t an every night kind of step for me, but about twice a week I’ll use a sheet mask.  My favorite are from Tony Moly!
  8. Eye Cream:  I’ve been using Yes To Grapefruit’s Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream –  I don’t love it but I don’t hate it.  I’ll likely try something different when I use up all of this product.
  9. Moisturizer:  At night I use Era Organics and in the AM I use Cetaphil!
  10. Sun Protection:  Obvs for the mornings only, I use!  My Cetaphil Moisturizer has an SPF of 30, so I kill two birds with one stone here!
What are your absolute go-to skin care products?! I am always dying to try new things!
5. STRETCH

Stretching before bed feels incredible.

Seriously, add this to your night routine tonight!

Who knew how much wear and tear your poor muscles were getting on a daily basis.

Stretching before bed helps me to relax, destress, and really release any negative emotions from the day.

I like to follow a night time yoga routine to incorporate stretching into my night and love how relaxing it makes me feel.

It’s great to focus on something other than your thoughts for a period of time while helping your body in more ways than one.

Unfortunately, I don’t exercise quite as often as I should, but making sure I stretch at least once a day has really helped me feel healthier and less out of shape.

My favorite place to find night time stretching and yoga routines are on Pinterest and Youtube.

If I am looking for something quick, I’ll grab a 5-minute stretching routine that is easy to follow from Pinterest.

But, if I am feeling a little more motivated, I’ll connect YouTube to my TV and follow along with one of Yoga With Adriene’s routines.

6. MENTAL HEALTH
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Your brain is overloaded with information all day long and now it’s time to play brain dead for a bit!

So, do whatever it is you enjoy to take your mind of any stressors!

Depending on my mood, I like to spend some quality time with my planner, or catch up on my reading.

I find that when I have too much information floating around in my head, I can’t concentrate on anything else.

When this is the case, I’ll grab my brain dump printable and my planner and write down everything that’s clogging up my brain.

The brain dump printable is to get everything out, regardless of order or organization!  It should look like a bunch of jumbled information!

After you’ve emptied your brain, take your planner and organize your thoughts.

Maybe you need to jot some to-do’s down in your calendar, or write a reflection or gratitude page in your notes!

Whatever it may be, doing this during your night routine will really help to begin clearing your brain for a good nights sleep!

No worrying should be fueling your insomnia anymore!

7. BED TIME

Has it really already been two full hours without any electronics!

Phew, see easier than you thought right?!

AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CHECK YOUR PHONE BEFORE BED.

Your Twitter feed can wait until the morning 😉

(Keep your phone on ringer so any important messages can still reach you)

Now that your night routine is coming to a close, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night.

Because, regardless of how awesome your night routine is, it still won’t be quite as good if you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep for your body.

Try experimenting on days when you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up and see when your body naturally wakes you up from sleeping.

This will help to get an idea of how many hours of sleep your body needs to replenish itself for a new day.

Then, based on your magic number, set a bedtime and stick to it.

Don’t forget to plan two hours in advance of your bedtime to start shutting down!

You’ll also want to make sure your room is optimized for a good nights sleep by keeping the temperature cool and maybe using an essential oil diffusing humidifier!

Ah, sweet dreams!

What does your night routine look like?!  Tell me, tell me, tell me!!

SWEET DREAMS,

— MICHELLE

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